Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe

Sustainability Summit Programme

The race to net zero

Sharing good practice on universities’ endeavours to tackle the climate crisis
Sunday, May 1  
Time Session Speaker
18:00 Registration for the programme at the Green Hub, UFO building, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33
18:30 Informal welcome drinks and dinner
Monday, May 2morning sessions theme: global commitment to action; local responses
08:50 Welcome to Ghent University and the Sustainability Summit Professor Mieke Van Herreweghe, Vice-rector
09:00 Session 1: How higher education can keep pace with demands for greater organisational sustainability David Vuletich, Senior Director, and Strategy and Operations Lead at EAB Consulting
10:20 Coffee  
10:50 Session 2: Can bottom-up driven engagement set the sustainability agenda for a university board? Ghent University’s sustainability strategy journey Jeroen Vanden Berghe, Chief Logistics Administrator, and Riet Van de Velde, Ghent University
11:30 Session 3: From ambition to action – The role of (national) collaboration in making (sustainability) strategies come alive. Riina Koivuranta, Senior specialist sustainability and responsibility, University of Helsinki
12:10 Session 4: plenary panel session of the morning’s speakers Facilitated by Ian Creagh
12:40 Lunch  
13:30 Bicycle to the University of Ghent’s CAPTURE centre 
Monday, May 2afternoon sessions themes: working with partners; measurement, monitoring and reporting success; working with students and activists
14:00 Session 5: CAPTURE centre presentation and discussion Elise Meerburg, Training Coordinator; and Jan Arends, Programme Manager
15:00 Bicycle back to main campus  
15:30 Session 6: Sustainability University Rankings: is the devil in the detail? The experience of Eindhoven University of Technology


Coffee to be served at the beginning of the session

Merle Rodenburg, Managing Director, Technical University Eindhoven
16:10 Session 7: Student led session. Overcoming institutional barriers to student engagement in sustainability policy and implementation Julia Flattich, Konstanz University and Johannes Spaas, Nele Van Hoyweghen  Sara Helsen and Helena Van Tichelen, Ghent University
17:10 Return to hotels  
19:00 Drinks and dinner at Multatuli Restaurant  
21:00 Return to hotels  
Tuesday, May 3 – morning sessions theme: global commitment to action; comparing and contrasting local responses
08:50 Assemble at the Boardroom  
09:00 Session 8: Sustainable together: approaches and challenges towards a sustainable future at the University of Konstanz Hilmar Hofmann, Director of the Office for Sustainability and Julia Flattich, Green Office, Konstanz University
09:40 Session 9: Decarb and Refurb: the University of Nottingham’s sustainability strategy and plan Andy Nolan, Director of Development and Sustainability, University of Nottingham
10:20 Coffee  
10:50 Session 10: Politecnico di Torino’s sustainability strategy and implementation journey Mario Ravera, Managing Director of Strategic Planning and Projects; Paola Biglia, Strategic Planning Projects Department, Politecnico di Torino
11:30 Session 11: plenary panel session of the morning’s speakers Facilitated by Ian Creagh
12:10 Lunch  
Tuesday 3 May – afternoon sessions: student engagement and leadership; drawing the threads of the sustainability summit together
13:10 Session 12: Stadsacademie presentation and discussion Thomas Block, Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Ghent University
14:00 Session 13: Student led session. How do we embed an ethos of co-creation with students in relation to sustainability policy and action? Julia Flattich, Konstanz University and Johannes Spaas, Nele Van Hoyweghen and Helena Van Tichelen, Ghent University
14:40 Coffee  
15:00 Session 14: final plenary to bring all of the themes together and to engage the participants in a discussion of what they are going to do in their institutions as a result of having attended the programme

Facilitated by Ian Creagh

15:45 Close  

Note: the programme is subject to marginal change.

Important information:

HUMANE and Ghent University fully intend to deliver the Sustainability Summit in Ghent. If however, public health restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic require it to be postponed, participants will be notified with as much notice as possible.

Neither HUMANE nor Ghent University are liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects during the Sustainability Summit in Ghent. Participants attending the Sustainability Summit in Ghent do so at their own risk and responsibility.